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The Essence of Leadership
Society has, as one of its base survival techniques, the reinforced training and education of its participants, beginning at an early age. In order to manifest value to its citizenry, it acts to foster the necessary social and economic skills to maintain the current status quo. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a reliance on complacency, leading to a more reactive, rather than proactive, culture. In order to break society of this contentment a more proactive mode of operation will require a more individualized approach in the development of specialized skills, such as leadership, within its population. Continue reading…

 

Leadership and Innovation: The Needed Role for the Engineer and Scientist in Our Society

The proliferation of new technologies, one of the primary keys to modern societal growth, relies on the development of two individual but highly interrelated competencies: leadership and innovation. These two are the basis for the successful development of most of the major technologies in production today and, at their best, they are also the genesis behind most of the large commercial and industrial organizations currently operating in the global marketplace. Continue reading…

 

Stop Doing Stupid: An Essential Requirement For Effective Teaching, Management And Leadership

There is an old adage that reads “the suffering of fools”, which for this paper is the passive form of the “stop doing stupid” in the title. For either of these sayings the key concern when dealing with foolishness is not only the loss of resources, in time and money, that result from this indulgence and tolerance, but more importantly the direct impact that not objecting can have on morale and the long-term effectiveness of any decision-making process. Continue reading…

 

Getting More Bang for Our R&D Bucks

While some may want to argue the point, many believe it is innovation and the resulting technology that provides society with the impetus to advance and to provide the greatest value to the members of that social order. Some would also argue that advanced or advancing technologies provide the fastest way to improve the health, wealth, and well being of the individual. Independent of these arguments, it is clear that innovation, particularly the game-changers, has had an accelerating impact on the development of almost every social order on this planet. Continue reading…

 

The Management of Leadership and Innovation

The conceptualization, nourishment and propagation of new technologies, as a key, active component in the accelerated growth of a technologically advanced or industrialized society, relies on the understanding and development of two individual but highly interconnected competencies: leadership and innovation. These are the two fundamental attributes that have encouraged the successful development of most major technologies in production today. Continue reading…

 

Leadership Defined Businesses

Leadership extends the scope of the longevity and success of a business. Creating and growing a business, particularly a new-start or one that has as its primary focus advanced technologies, requires the support of both leaders and managers; each providing the needed balance to the other. Managers do not inherently exhibit strong leadership traits because their training and experience focuses on the day-to-day maintenance of the status quo. Continue reading…

 

Newspaper Op-Ed & Invited Columns


Who Will We Be in Five Years”, Samantha E. Melroy and James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, December 6, 2015.

 

Success Demands That We Nurture Leaders Among Us”, Samantha E. Melroy and James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, September 13, 2015.

 

The Necessity of Advanced Education: Part I, The Question”, Business Advocate – McDonald/Hopkins, Invited Column, March 25, 2015.

 

The Business of Leadership and Innovation” Business Advocate – McDonald/Hopkins, Invited Column, February 12, 2015.

 

Yes, there really are stupid questions” Business Advocate – McDonald/Hopkins, Invited Column, December 15, 2014.

 

“The Role Leadership and Innovation Plays in Social and Economic Development and How to Harness it,” Invited Keynote Address, DeTao Academy, Shanghai China, November 8-13, 2014.

 

Stop Doing Stupid, Too: The Sequel!” Business Advocate – McDonald/Hopkins, Invited Column, October 24, 2014.

 

Stop Doing Stupid” Business Advocate – McDonald/Hopkins, Invited Column, October 8, 2014.

 

“Learning To Swim” Business Advocate – McDonald/Hopkins, Invited Column, August 18, 2014.

 

“Creating Jobs Versus Creating Wealth,” James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, December 1, 2013.

 

“What is it that the collective WE intends to leave as a legacy for our children”, James Smith, Keynote Lecture, The Advanced Energy Systems Division, ASME, 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, San Diego, CA, November 18, 2013.

 

“Healing Our Free Enterprise System, “ Business Advocate – McDonald/Hopkins, Invited Column, March 19, 2013.

 

“Mentoring for the new millennium”, James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, February 12, 2012.

 

“Indecision costs us opportunities”, James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, March 25, 2012.

 

“A goal beyond more comfort and less work”, James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, May 26, 2012.

 

“Too much capital?” James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, June 23, 2012.

 

“Economic transformation using our energy”, James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, July 21, 2012.

 

“How to move the economy”, James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, July 27, 2012.

 

“Modern entrepreneurs cross shops, disciplines”, James E. Smith, Op-Ed, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, August 25, 2012.